Good morning! It is pre-Friday-but-more-like-Saturday-for-me, March 13, 2014. I am not at work!! I am on vacation!!
I have a dismal set of “holidays” to select from for today. Not very nice of them, considering it’s my birthday. Yes, today, I have begun my 57th year. Okay, that just scared me. I remember when 60 was old! Okay, enough of THAT! 😀
Is anyone else getting an unusually large amount of spam comments in their blogs? I’m currently getting about 50-60 a day, and all attached to the same entry. Very strange.
Christi is still in a lot of pain. She went to the doctor yesterday, but they really couldn’t tell her anything new. Actually, as is their custom, she only saw a “pretend doctor.” The pretend doctor gave her a different muscle relaxer and showed her exercises for sciatic nerve problems. She’s currently on her way to pick up the medicine. She has found a place on her thigh, though, that if she rubs it a certain way, she can get some relief. It’s very strange. There are places in there where the muscles are just knotted up. She will probably wind up going to a specialist next week, after we get back from Glen Rose.
In other news, she has a second interview at UTSW on Monday morning! How cool is that??
My work has been crazy all week. I got off at 7pm last night! They will make it okay without me, but the manager and the other office clerk will be extra stressed, I guarantee. It’s just crazy right now, as we try to move out more material than we receive in each day, in order to reduce the total inventory, with a goal of having everything moved out by April 14. I have another interview scheduled for Monday morning, with a supervisor at the Verizon account in Grapevine (still with CEVA). But I think she’s needing someone to start pretty much immediately. My manager is not going to release me until this account is done. So that interview may be a waste of time. We’ll see. It sounds like I have a guaranteed spot in the Carrollton office, which is some relief at least. I’m not looking forward to driving that far, or going to work that early (I hear they start at 7am), but you do what you have to do, right?
Today, we head to Glen Rose. But first, we will have lunch at Hoffbrau to celebrate my birthday. That’s what I’m talking about!! Oh, and Christi and Stephanie made a birthday cake yesterday. Some kind of cake with the words “double,” “dark,” and “chocolate” in it. You can’t go wrong there, I’m telling you. And it is delicious! I had a piece for breakfast with my coffee.
Also, there will likely not be another blog entry until Monday morning.
(Source: Christian History Institute)
On this date in 1785, Mozart’s cantata Davidde Penitente was debuted at the Burg-theatre in Vienna. “The work had been commissioned by the committee of the society for the relief of the widows and orphans of musicians.”
According to History Orb, I share a birthday with at least 234 people. I won’t list them all. I haven’t heard of most of the. But here are the ones I recognize. Charles Earl Grey, British PM (the one the tea is named after), 1764, John “Home Run” Baker, HoF baseball player, 1886, L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer/religion inventor, 1911, Neil Sedaka, singer/songwriter, 1939, William H. Macy, actor, 1950, Fred Berry, actor, 1951, Dana Delaney, actress, 1956, Adam Clayton, bass player (U2), 1960, and Will Clark, first baseman, 1964.
Here is a clip of U2 performing “Where the Streets Have No Name,” live at Slane Castle in Ireland.
(From The Divine Hours)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Today, I have turned 56 years old. Only God knows how long I have left on this earth, but as long as I am left, I still have work to do for him. May his Spirit guide me to those “good works, which God prepared beforehand,” that I might walk in them!
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “The Folly of the Cross.”
What did the Greeks expect the messiah to be? “A philosopher greater than Plato. He would lead men to contemplate the order and harmony of the universe.” But instead, they got one “who would rattle this comfortable, cultured piety by reversing its values and going to death on a cross, victim of the irrational dregs of humanity,” which, to the Greeks was utter stupidity.
Paul preached about the “folly of the cross,” Christ crucified, the “power and wisdom of God,” and enjoyed great success. This preaching brought our spirits to life with THE Spirit. “Jews and Greeks alike laid aside their prejudices to be swept up into the power and wisdom of the cross.”
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom,
it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:21
Father, I thank you that you have led me to believe “the folly of the cross,” for it is through this “folly” that I live. Galatians 2:20 will forever be one of my key verses. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. By this “folly,” the life of Christ lives in me. I pray for the ability to surrender more of my own life to him, daily. Draw me closer and closer to that life that no longer desires anything to do with sin, and only desires your holiness. Teach me your way, that I may walk in your truth.
I pray for this day, and the weekend ahead. May our trip to Glen Rose be, first of all, safe. Thank I pray for much rest and relaxation as we stay there. I pray for healing for Christi’s muscles or whatever is wrong with her. I pray for your healing hand to touch her while we relax in that place. I pray for Stephanie as she stays at home, that she will get along just fine. I pray that Rachel and Justin are having a relaxing spring break.
Your grace is sufficient. May your will be done in our lives.
The idea of the folly of the cross has transcended time, and is alive and well in modern man, perhaps even more so than in the days of Christ. But I will gladly join Paul and other Christians throughout history, and be considered a fool in the eyes of unbelievers.
Grace and peace, friends.